Members of Egis and Projacs in Dubai plant mangrove trees to tackle climate change

Five brave volunteers from Egis and Projacs in Dubai: Ahlam, Kasia, Garyth, Rob and Sita planted mangrove trees in Al Zorah, Ajman.

The Al Zorah Mangroves, which occupies over 5.4 mln sqm is recognized as a Wetland of International Importance by the Ramsar Convention. The most common tree found in Al Zohra is Avicennia marina, commonly known as the gray or white mangrove due to the color of the bark. The trees grow to a height of 3-10m, creating a complex ecosystem for native marine and plant life and shelter for resident and migratory birds.

Recent studies indicate that mangroves can sequester four times more carbon than rainforests can, which makes them a very important tool in tacking the pollution. They are also vital in reducing flooding and erosion from storms, by creating the strong root connections.

Nowadays, the mangroves are at great risk, due to raising water levels and salt level in the water. The planting programms help in restoration of the mangrove forests, especially in the economically active areas, where the water is more polluted.